Motorist with 4-year-old daughter in car accused of having 25.6 grams of methamphetamine

STEVE NASH steve.nash@brownwoodbulletin.com
Deputies, Early police make drug arrests after traffic stops

Enrique Pesina hung his head, his eyes grew watery and he shrugged his shoulders when deputy Robert Ramirez told him a black bag with 25.6 grams of methamphetamine had just been located.

"I don't know what you are talking about," deputy Robert Ramirez's report quoted Pesina as saying.

Pesina was already being driven to jail in Ramirez's patrol car after Ramirez had located a small amount of methamphetamine. Also in Ramirez's patrol car were his 4-year-old daughter and another adult.

After deputy Joe Thomas located the bag with the larger amount of methamphetamine, Pesina, 27, of Brownwood, was arrested on a charge of manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance, a first-degree felony, Ramirez's report states.

According to the report:

Ramirez was working criminal interdiction at 10:30 a.m. when he stopped a car for speeding on U.S. Highway 183 in May. The driver, who appeared to be very nervous, said he did not have a license. He said the other adult in the car was his cousin. His daughter was sleeping in a car seat.

When Ramirez asked the driver if he had anything illegal, the driver surrendered baggies with crystal-like powder residue and 1.8 grams of methamphetamine.

Ramirez had the driver place the car seat with his daughter in Ramirez's patrol car. Ramirez had the man contact a relative to meet them at the Law Enforcement Center so Ramirez could release the child and the adult to the relative.

As Ramirez drove away, Thomas called him and told him he saw a bag sitting near the area where a rear tire of Ramirez's patrol car had been. The cloth bag had 25.6 grams of methamphetamine.

The driver was the only person who had access to that area as he was putting the child in the back seat of the patrol car, Ramirez's report states.

In an unrelated traffic stop at 1 a.m. Sunday, Early officer Jose Contreras stopped a vehicle in the 600 block of Garmon Dr for speeding. When Contreras approached the vehicle he could smell a very strong odor of marijuana coming from the car.

After identifying the driver and questioning him about the smell the driver admitted he had marijuana in the trunk, Early police said. Contreras then searched the vehicle and located drug paraphernalia, 15 bottles containing marijuana buds, six  large bottles containing marijuana candy, and two plastic baggies containing marijuana candy.

The driver, who was identified as William Tracy Harrington, said he was traveling from Colorado to Austin. Harrington , 39, of Austin, was arrested on a charge of possession of marijuana over 4 ounces under 5 pounds.